Toolbox / Small Blanket Chest

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Project by Joe Brumley posted 03-25-2008 04:18 AM 6541 views 12 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the Heirloom Tool Chest that Chris Gochnour wrote about in Fine Woodworking #169. I took the course on using hand tools at MASW with Chris and this is the project that we built. I was exposed to so much during this course that I can hardly wait until I can attend another week long course. I hope I can attend another one of Chris’s courses because he is an excellent instructor and also a really great guy to be around.
The wood is cherry and it is what I had on hand so that is why the panels have an obvious joint in the center of them. All of the work was done using hand tools except for the milling process. The dovetails were all cut using a carcass saw that I borrowed from Chris for the class and later purchased from him. I use it a lot and it is in need of a good sharpening. The finish on the cabinet is just two coats of Minwax Antique Oil. I love the finish because it is so simple to use and it makes the wood grain really come to life. I should have put on about four coats but I wanted to get it finished so that I could move on to another project. Hope you like it.

-- Joe, Indiana,

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#1 posted 03-25-2008 04:34 AM

Hi Joe
Nice looking Heirloom Tool Chest. The hand cut dovetails look excellent. Your choice of wood and finish make the chest shine.

-- Larry

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#2 posted 03-25-2008 04:36 AM

I would call this an extra nice tool Chest , really like those dovetails, I`m gona try some one day.
Great job , like the shine

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#3 posted 03-25-2008 04:50 AM


This is a beautiful tool chest. I just hope that you aren’t planning to put it in your shop!!!! I would suggest a plywood tool chest there but this one is much too nice. You dovetailing is excellent.

thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-25-2008 04:53 AM

Hi Joe

You did a beautiful job on your chest. You should be pleased with the way it turned out. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 02:25 PM

Really nice. The handwork, especially the dovetails, is outstanding.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 03-25-2008 04:24 PM

Beautifully done Joe. A real antique of the future. I hope it’s signed and dated.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#7 posted 03-25-2008 04:35 PM

Very nice chest. Love the cherry, the joinery, particularly the mitered dovetail base trim.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#8 posted 03-25-2008 05:38 PM

Looks like a tool box to me. Great job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 03-25-2008 08:11 PM

on my favorites list…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#10 posted 03-26-2008 12:45 AM

Wonderful craftsmanship there. Great work.

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#11 posted 03-26-2008 01:40 AM

Great work on that chest! Nice joinery!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 03-26-2008 04:24 PM

Like YS said mkae sure you sign and date it for it is bound to be an antique of the the future. Nice Job!

-- Kevin

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#13 posted 03-28-2008 01:33 AM

Thanks everyone for the comments. Yes, it is signed and dated and I’m still debating whether or not to use it as a tool chest. Right now it is holding sweaters in our bedroom and I like that because I get to see it everyday whereas in my shop I wouldn’t.

-- Joe, Indiana,

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#14 posted 03-29-2008 01:04 AM

I really like this and see one similiar in my future. Going to a class helps your skills advance quickly. Thanks for sharing this.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#15 posted 05-02-2008 07:41 PM

You’ve done a great job on this, you’ll enjoy it for years to come. I really like the dovetails…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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